Craig has welcomed new figures showing that this term 1618 children in Calderdale are benefiting from the Conservatives’ 30 hours free childcare offer.
The offer saves working families around £5,000 per year per child and has seen 325,000 families benefit across the country in the current school term alone, an 11 per cent increase on the same time last year.
High quality childcare not only helps children get the best start in life, but also supports many parents who want or need to work. Beneficiaries of the scheme have reported improved family finances as well as a better work-life balance.
Alongside introducing and increasing the National Living Wage, and raising the personal allowance, childcare support is one of a number of ways this Government is helping families with the cost of living. Our childcare offer is one way the Conservatives are helping women back into work with record high female employment and a record low gender pay gap.
Commenting, Craig said:
‘Being a working parent is hard, and I know from speaking with families across Calderdale that the 30 hours offer is making a difference. More parents are increasing their working hours, able to work more flexibly, and spending less on childcare so they have spare cash to spend on their families.
‘Every parent wants to give their child the best start in life and that’s why it’s great to see parents in Calderdale from the Conservatives’ support for families.’